Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Policy Studies

First Advisor

Jennifer Esposito

Second Advisor

Patricia Carter

Third Advisor

William Curlette

Fourth Advisor

Allison Gilmore

Fifth Advisor

Richard Lakes


Using case study methodology/methods, this study explored the perspectives of current and former participants in a university-based program designed to increase the graduation rates of Latinx students who have transferred from a community college to a specific Hispanic-Serving Institution in California. Data were collected in the form of interviews of 12 program participants, 2 focus groups of program participants, 2 class observations and different archival records and documents on the program. The main research question explores what ways the program has impacted the lives of its students. Tinto’s Persistence Theory (Tinto, 1993) and Yosso’s Community Cultural Capital Wealth Model (Yosso, 2005) were used as the main theoretical frameworks to analyze different aspects of the program.